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Fernandinho: Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent came to Manchester City

Manchester City skipper Fernandinho said Saturday’s 1-0 FA Cup semi-final defeat by Chelsea was difficult to take but he backed the team to overcome the disappointment and focus on their upcoming challenges.

Manchester City midfielder, Fernandinho, has claimed the club had a “considerable chance” of signing Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.

Ronaldo instead completed a stunning £20million move to Manchester United from Juventus on deadline day.

However, there was a lot of speculation that the 36-year-old might head to the blue half of Manchester before United jumped in and finalized a deal.

Fernandinho has now confirmed that Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes was at Etihad Stadium to hold initial talks.

Asked how close City came to landing Ronaldo, Fernandinho told ESPN: “I think there was a good, considerable chance. I think his agent was here at the club renewing the contracts of Ederson, Ruben Dias, seeing the situation of Bernardo Silva, Joao Cancelo.

“Obviously, if you’re there at the table, you can talk about everything and every possible player.”

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